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Best PlayStation 4 gaming headsets
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Trying to find the right PS4 headset can be tricky. There are so many options out there, it can be hard to tell what’s actually good, and what’s just—you know—there.
Sure, finding something good is simpler here than with a Nintendo Switch, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of things to consider. Here are the best options we could find, based on our reviews, as well as research into products we haven’t gotten our hands on yet.
Editor’s note: this list of the best PlayStation 4 gaming headsets was updated on March 7, 2022 to include the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ and Arctis 7P+ to the alternative mentions list.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC almost offers too many features
If you’re looking for a PS4 headset absolutely packed with features, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is your best bet. It’s Hi-Res certified, and offers performance to back that up. The headsets’s retractable mic is convenient and brings clear audio for in-game voice chat. Additionally, it’s extremely comfortable, with a thick ear pads made of a fabric SteelSeries calls Airweave, and a sturdy aluminum frame sporting a suspension band based after the band of a pair of ski goggles.
However, if comfort and raw audio quality were all this headset had to offer, I’d be recommending the Arctis 7, which feels exactly the same and costs considerably less. The key to really getting the most out of the Arctis Pro is its GameDAC unit. This little console acts as an intermediary between the PS4 and the headset, and it lets you control your experience in a number of ways. Whether you want to go deep and tweak the headset’s EQ and sound profiles, or you just want to change the colors of the lights on the headphones, the DAC’s got you covered. It’s compact, easy to use, and adds a ton of extra features.
The Arctis Pro takes a little work to set up on a PlayStation 4. The GameDAC (which the headset connects to) needs to plug into the console itself, rather than the controller, and there are a couple boxes that need ticking in the console’s settings menu. However, once you’re all set up, prepare for great sound and more features than you can shake a thumbstick at.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC microphone sample:
What you should know about PS4 headsets
The PlayStation 4 runs into the kinds of quirks and constraints typical of a modern console. You can plug just about any 3.5mm headset into the console’s DualShock controller it’ll work just fine. Past that, things get a little more complicated.
There’s no bluetooth audio support, so wireless headsets all need dongles. Additionally, many wired and wireless solutions require not just the use of one of the system’s USB ports, but also the optical ports on the back. This can lead to some rather odd looking wired setups that work fine, but might cause problems if they need to stretch across your living room or den.
The best Wireless PS4 headset is the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro builds off the success of its predecessor by adding support for wireless connections, offering a hassle-free, untethered gaming experience.
This headset sports the same hard plastic construction and plush padding introduced by its wired counterpart, the BlackShark V2. The memory foam ear cups, in tandem with the thick headband, makes the BlackShark V2 Pro one of the most comfortable gaming headsets we’ve ever tested. Heat build up is a non-issue thanks to the ear cup material, and the neutral clamping force means that you get a decent seal without any excess pressure on your head.
The BlackShark V2 Pro is virtually compatible with any gaming platform, including the Playstation 4, and can be connected using a 3.5mm cable or the included 2.4GHz RF USB dongle. Wireless performance on this headset is great, providing a stable connection for a lag-free gaming experience. Additional features can be accessed by connecting to a PC through Razer Synapse 3, giving you control over EQ, mic settings, and THX Spatial Audio.
One of the best features of the BlackShark V2 Pro is its microphone, which features accurate audio output across the vocal range. If you’re someone with a deep voice who struggles with tinny sounding audio, this headset should be on your shortlist.
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro microphone sample:
The Beyerdynamic Custom Game has bass for days
The Beyerdynamic Custom Game is a behemoth of a gaming headset, but it lets gamers customize its bass in a pretty unique way. Each ear cup has bass reflex vents, which are easily revealed or concealed with a simple sliding mechanism. Adjusting the bass reproduction also adjusts the influx of ambient noise that can permeate the headphones. In a quiet environment? Open up those bass vents and experience a boomier sound. For tournaments with plenty of chatter, just close the ports to drown everything out.
The cardioid boom microphone is forgiving when it comes to placement and hones in on your voice while simultaneously filtering out extraneous background noise. If customization is your thing, well, you’re in luck. The Custom Game headset includes interchangeable ear cup plates to non-verbally convey your style. If you’re not a fan of the all-black aesthetic, Beyerdynamic also has a bunch of customization options, as well as velour pads for people who wear glasses on their raids.
Because this is a 3.5mm headset, and a lot of its appeal is hardware-based, it’s just as good as a PS4 headset as on PC.
The JBL Quantum 50 sounds great for a fraction of the cost
When we talk about high-value gaming headsets, usually the conversation focuses on something like Razer BlackShark V2 or HyperX Cloud Alpha—$100 USD gaming headsets that sound as good or better than things twice or three times the price. However, if spending $100 or more on a gaming headset would stretch your budget further than you want, check out the JBL Quantum 50.
These gaming earbuds are super comfortable and sound excellent, with nicely emphasized bass response, and accurate mids and highs, and they’ll only run you $30 USD. The JBL Quantum 50 connects via 3.5mm, so it works on every console, as well as PC and mobile (provided your phone has a headphone jack), and it can easily work as a switch hitter for gaming, music, and more.
JBL Quantum 50 microphone sample:
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset has the best sound quality
If the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset proves anything, it’s that thinking inside the box sometimes works. The design of Bose’s first gaming headset is modeled after the company’s former flagship headphone, the QuietComfort 35 II. This gaming variant features virtually the same internals as the original, and includes some gamer-focused features.
The QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is one of the most accurate-sounding gaming headsets we’ve tested. It features a neutral-leaning frequency response that accurately reproduces mid-frequency sounds, such as vocals and stringed instruments. There is a slight bump in the low-end, allowing kick drums and bass lines to cut through a mix without masking high-frequency noises like hi-hats and cymbals.
As with the original, the QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset features active noise cancelling, which does a good job at attenuating ambient noise such as air conditioner hums, whirring computer fans, or even jet engine rumbles.
Gamer oriented features include a long, 1-meter 3.5mm cord for console gaming, a volume dial when connected to PCs via USB, and a 3.5mm detachable boom microphone for improved vocal clarity over the internal mic.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II internal mic sample:
Bose QuietComfort 35 II boom mic sample:
The QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is rather barebones when compared to other options, however it’s a great option for people who need a gaming headset and a pair of headphones for casual listening.
Best PlayStation 4 gaming headset: notable mentions
- Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE: This is one of the most premium headsets Corsair has to offer: complete with an aluminum gunmetal exterior, subtle RGB-accented lighting, soft-cushioned ear pads, and reliable wireless gaming performance.
- HyperX Cloud Alpha: This headset is no-frills value option, featuring a durable construction, good sound quality, and superb isolation performance.
- HyperX Cloud Flight S: This headset has the distinction of being one of the only PS4 headsets to offer surround sound. However, that’s not the only thing it has going for it. With support for wireless gaming via a USB dongle, 35-hour battery life, Qi-wireless charging, decent mic, and solid sound quality, this is a great choice for PS4 die-hards.
- Razer BlackShark V2: For less than $100, this headset has a fairly-neutral sound profile, fantastic isolation, THX Spatial Audio, very plush ear cups, and a minimalist design. It’s microphone is serviceable at best, but it’s still a great value headset.
- SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless: This USB-C headset comes with an adapter to work with the PlayStation 4. It’s $99, sounds almost as good as the HyperX Cloud Alpha, wireless, and comfortable. It’s market more for the Nintendo Switch, but this is a fantastic PS4 headset too.
- HyperX Cloud II Wireless: This wireless gaming headset brings the classic red and black look and premium build HyperX is known for to PlayStation 4. You won’t get access to the features handled by HyperX NGenuity (the PC app), but the headset still offers great sound, great battery life, a decent mic, and a very comfortable build.
- EPOS H3Pro Hybrid: EPOS finally hit a great balance of features, execution, and price. This is an expensive wireless gaming headset, but it works everywhere, sounds good, and offers software features and ANC. If the Bose QC 35 II Gaming Headset didn’t exist, it’d be on the list, but if ANC isn’t as big a priority as wireless audio, the H3PRO Hybrid could be just the thing.
- SteelSeries Arctis 7+: This update to the SteelSeries Arctis 7 switches to a USB-C, but don’t worry, there’s still an adapter so you can connect to your PlayStation 4 no problem. The user experience is otherwise largely identical to the Arctis 7, only this time the headset now features more than quadruple the battery life—71 hours in our testing. Only thing keeping this headset off the main list is that it’s designed more for other platforms like PC and PlayStation 5, and lacks built-in surround sound.
- SteelSeries Arctis 7P+: This is pretty much the same headset as the Arctis 7+, but it comes in blue and white, and it’s got battery life ever so slightly worse. Basically, it’s excellent. If you’re in a position where you can only find one or the other, you won’t be let down. If you can get either, just pick the color you like.
What about the PlayStation 5?
In November 2020, Sony launched its newest gaming console: the PlayStation 5. With a striking black and white design, this new console brings a suite of new audio capabilities, including its own built-in spatial audio system. The console supports audio connections over 3.5mm through the new DualSense controller, as well as via USB-A and USB-C ports on the console itself, and it can send 3D audio through any of those methods.
The console is still pretty hard to find, but don’t worry: any gaming headset you buy for the PlayStation 4 will still work with the PlayStation 5. It won’t support built-in surround sound features for gaming headsets like the HyperX Cloud Flight S and PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset, but those headsets can use the console-based 3D audio without an issue. However, that’s not to say there won’t be headsets made specifically for the new console, just like with every new console generation, and it’s become clear that new headsets are aiming for simpler experiences. Given that every gaming platform now has its own built in virtual surround sound standard, new headsets seem to moving back in the direction of simple 3.5mm connections. Headsets like the Nacon RIG 500 Pro Gen 2, SteelSeries Arctis Prime, and Turtle Beach Recon 500 will all work with the PlayStation 4, but they don’t come with any onboard bells and whistles, so you’re just getting a headset and mic for a console with no way to fill in the feature gaps.
How we picked the best PS4 gaming headsets
There are lots of great PS4 headsets out there, and many of the ones we picked come from product lines full of similar offerings. The reason why we picked what we picked comes down to personal judgement. A lot of these products are very similar, and sometimes the features more expensive versions add just don’t really mean all that much, in our experience.
Razer’s Thresher line is a great example of this. For only a little more money, you could get the Thresher 7.1, which adds surround sound support. We opted for the cheaper model, because these headsets feel the same to use, and surround sound on average just doesn’t matter all that much. With the exception of games in the first person shooter genre and the like, the utility and immersion of surround sound (however you want to quantify that) really don’t differ much from stereo sound. The addition of features like the Thresher Ultimate‘s RF wireless hub similarly just didn’t seem to justify the added cost.
However, while generally we favor cheaper options, sometimes the more expensive stuff actually makes a lot of improvements, like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC. The headset looks and feels extremely similar to other SteelSeries headsets, like the Arctis 7 among others, but the addition of the DAC unit adds a degree of functionality and convenience that really completes the package.
It never hurts to shop around a bit, though. If a PS4 headset we’ve listed here sounds almost perfect, there might be a version with that one extra feature you’re looking for.
Why you should trust us
When it comes down to it, I don’t just review gaming headsets because I’m passionate about good audio. Pretty much everything I do here at SoundGuys focuses on gaming content, and that’s because I’ve been a gamer my whole life. You name it, I’ve probably played it. I know what kind of audio features are important for different kinds of games, and maybe more importantly: which ones aren’t.
The gaming headset space, much like many other parts of the audio industry, is rife with exaggerated language and gimmicky features that often don’t add much of anything to your experience. It’s easy to get caught up in the flashy lights and promises of immersive audio and bass so intense it’ll rupture your eardrums (in a good way, somehow), but most of that stuff flat out doesn’t matter. That’s why we review headsets, and why we have lists like this.
If your Bluetooth headset is officially compatible with the Playstation 4, then connecting is as simple as going into the console’s Bluetooth settings and setting it up. If not, then you need to either buy a wireless dongle, or connect your headset through your DualShock controller’s 3.5mm output. Before buying any gaming headset, be sure to read the manufacturer’s product page and manuals to guarantee compatibility with your device.
The Playstation Gold Wireless headset is one of the only current consoles headsets that don’t require leaving the game to manage game and chat audio, but its microphone leaves a lot of to be desired. If the decision is between that and the HyperX Cloud Flight S, we’d still pick the Cloud Flight S, even if you need to hit the PS button the change chat audio.